february 2019 Best Picture Books

Updated Apr. 25, 2019
The Selfish Giant book
#25
The Selfish Giant
Written by Oscar Wilde and illustrated by Jeanne Bowman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A beloved tale that has lasted for generations, The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, one of the world’s greatest writers, tells the tale of a very selfish giant, his wonderful garden, the curious and playful village children, and, of course, the little child who changes the giant’s heart. A beloved classic in English literature, The Selfish Giant may be Oscar Wilde’s greatest story of redemption and forgiveness. Newly illustrated by renowned artist Jeanne Bowman, this fantastic edition of this famous tale showcases Wilde’s story in a pallet and composition that will delight and inspire both young and old and will become a family treasure to be read again and again.

The Girl and the Wolf book
#26
The Girl and the Wolf
Written by Katherena Vermette and illustrated by Julie Flett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

While picking berries with her mother, a little girl wanders too far into the woods. When she realizes she is lost, she begins to panic. A large grey wolf makes a sudden appearance between some distant trees. Using his sense of smell, he determines where she came from and decides to help her. Through a series of questions from the wolf, the little girl realizes she had the knowledge and skill to navigate herself—she just needed to remember that those abilities were there all along.

The Atlas of Classic Tales book
#27
The Atlas of Classic Tales
Written by and illustrated by Claudia Bordin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

In every fairy tale, the main characters embark on a journey. Now, stunningly designed and detailed maps invite readers to join their adventures in an exciting new way. Thanks to the imaginative pen of Claudia Bordin, eight enchanting kingdoms come brilliantly to life so you can see the castles, villages, forests, and oceans where such beloved figures as Sinbad, Puss in Boots, and Little Red Riding Hood wander.

Some Days book
#28
Some Days
Written by Karen Kaufman Orloff and illustrated by Ziyue Chen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"Some days are chocolate pudding pie days. Kites up in the sky days. Jumping super high days." This rhyming picture book--from the author of the bestselling I Wanna Iguana series and Miles of Smiles--is a moving, powerful, delightful exploration of a child's shifting feelings. Come along and follow a year in the life of a young boy and girl as they discover their many different and ever-changing emotions, including joy, fear, anger, jealousy, excitement, pride, disappointment, loneliness, and contentment. As children read about "angels in the snow days" as well as "need my mommy now days," they'll begin to understand how to cope with both positive and negative feelings.

Ballet Bunnies book
#29
Ballet Bunnies
Written and illustrated by Lucy Freegard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Betty dreams of becoming a great dancer and performing onstage. At home, she's unstoppable, happily pirouetting through every room. But, in ballet class, everything changes: she feels clumsy and frightened of forgetting the steps. Can her sympathetic teacher help Betty find her poise, balance, and confidence in time for the big end-of-year recital? Kids will shout BRAVO for this adorable little ballerina bunny!

Zoe and the Fawn book
#30
Zoe and the Fawn
Written by Catherine Jameson and illustrated by Julie Flett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Zoe and her father are delighted to come across a fawn in the forest. But the fawn is alone—where is its mother? Join Zoe on her quest for the deer, as she encounters animals and learns their syilx (Okanagan) names along the way. Repetition of phrased questions will enhance success for beginning readers while creating a playful rhythm for young listeners.

Which One Doesn't Belong? book
#31
Which One Doesn't Belong?
Written and illustrated by Christopher Danielson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This is not your typical shapes book. This introducti on to geometry and mathemati cal thinking will excite young readers and make math a part of their everyday lives. Celebrated math educator Christopher Danielson encourages inquiry and criti cal thinking and sparks memorable mathematical conversati ons by asking which shape in each group does not belong. There’s no one right answer—the important thing is to have a reason why. Kids might describe the shapes as squished, smooshed, dented, or even goofy. But when they justi fy their thinking, they’re talking math!

On the Internet book
#32
On the Internet
Written by Jillian Roberts and illustrated by Jane Heinrichs
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

On the Internet: Our First Talk About Online Safety introduces children to the basics of online safety in a story-based, conversational style. Using real-world examples set within the context of a child who is using the Internet for the first time and watching an older sibling interact with social media, Dr. Roberts takes readers through several common scenarios around parental supervision, online bullying and anonymity. She also includes examples of people who use the Internet to make the world a better place. On the Internet addresses common safety concerns in a child-centered way and offers easy-to-understand rationales as to why it’s important to maintain boundaries online just as in real life. The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues that they may encounter outside their homes, in an accessible way. Sidebars offer further reading for older children or care providers who have bigger questions. For younger children just starting to make these observations, the simple question-and-answer format of the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter.

This Is NOT a Dragon Party book
#33
This Is NOT a Dragon Party
Written by Mike Flaherty and illustrated by Maxime Lebrun
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

You’re invited to the most amazing birthday bash, complete with dragons, knights, and ogres! Think it sounds awesome? It IS! What happens when your birthday celebration includes a crazy dragon pool party, an all-knight karaoke festival, AND a tea and crumpets rumpus with ogres? You may think that sounds awesome, but the birthday girl does NOT—until she chases away her unruly guests and realizes everything is . . . boring. Can she manage to get her party started again? This antic picture book is pure, unbridled joy.

Tooth Monsters book
#34
Tooth Monsters
Written by Jessica Martinello and illustrated by Gregoire Mabire
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The young girl at the centre of this charming and quirkily-illustrated story hates brushing her teeth and is terrified of the dentist; as far as she's concerned, there's no scarier monster. But when she meets a real monster in her bathroom, she learns how dentists are really heroes and brushing your teeth is very important - so important that even monsters do it!This inventive picture book is brimming with humour and imagination. Parent and child will love to read along together over and over again.

A Plan for Pops book
#35
A Plan for Pops
Written by Heather Smith and illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. They walk to the library hand in hand, like a chain of paper dolls. Grandad reads books about science and design, Pops listens to rock and roll, and Lou bounces from lap to lap. But everything changes one Saturday. Pops has a fall. That night there is terrible news: Pops will be confined to a wheelchair, not just for now, but for always. Unable to cope with his new circumstances, he becomes withdrawn and shuts himself in his room. Hearing Grandad trying to cheer up Pops inspires Lou to make a plan. Using skills learned from Grandad, and with a little help from their neighbors, Lou comes up with a plan for Pops.

Pippa's Passover Plate book
#36
Pippa's Passover Plate
Written by Vivian Kirkfield and illustrated by Jill Weber
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A gentle Passover story about a mouse whose search for her Seder plate ends with a group of unexpected but welcome holiday guests. Sundown is near and with it will come the beginning of Passover. Pippa mouse is missing her Seder plate which she will need for the Passover celebration. To find her plate she must muster enough courage to ask animals that frighten her for help. To her surprise not only are the animals helpful in helping her trace her plate to the pond, they become her Passover Seder guests.

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